Heroism recalled at Mona’s Queen memorial service

Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums perform at last year's Mona's Queen memorial service at Kallow Point, Port St Mary

Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums perform at last year's Mona's Queen memorial service at Kallow Point, Port St Mary

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The Mona’s Queen anchor memorial service will take place at 2pm on Sunday, May 29, at Kallow Point in Port St Mary.

The service will be led by Father Leo Cooper, there will be speeches by Port St Mary Commissioners’ chairman Bernadette Williams and Captain Roger Moore and a recital by Paul Costain. Musical accompaniment is by Rushen Silver Band, the Mariners’ Choir and Ellan Vannin Pipe Band.

There will be a sail past by a Steam Packet vessel during the service.

Mona’s Queen III was one of eight Packet vessels involved in the heroic evacuation of allied troops trapped on the beaches at Dunkirk while Nazi forces advanced in 1940.

Three of the Packet vessels were sunk at Dunkirk.

Mona’s Queen was struck by a magnetic mine early in the morning on May 29, 1940 and sank with the loss of 24 lives, 17 were from the island.
The anchor – which became separated from the ship, so was not part of the war grave - was raised off the seabed at Dunkirk in 2010, on the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the ship.

It was restored at ship builder Cammell Laird in Liverpool, returned to the island and first dedicated at the memorial in Port St Mary in 2012.

Kallow Point – which is within sight of the homes of many of those lost and is directed towards Dunkirk – was considered to be the perfect, tranquil spot for reflection on the heroism of all those involved.

Of the 338,226 troops rescued by around 800 boats during the evacuation (which took place between May 26 and June 4), nearly 24,699 - or one in 12 - were rescued by Packet vessels.

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